The State Museum of Pennsylvania

The State Museum of Pennsylvania We are The State Museum of Pennsylvania history, science and art. To contact PHMC, please visit http://www.phmc.pa.gov . Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state.
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Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964. It became a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1945.

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Sign up now to join Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and artists Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards Friday, December 18 at Noon...
12/11/2020

Sign up now to join Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and artists Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards Friday, December 18 at Noon, for a special conversation about their work in "Art of the State" 2020. The program is free, but registration is required.

This presentation will focus on the work of artists Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards, who use very different media to address the destruction of Pennsylvania’s ash trees by the emerald ash borer. Since 2007, an infestation by this small, bright green beetle significantly reduced the number of ash trees in forests throughout Pennsylvania.

Go to statemuseumpa.org/aos2020 to register and explore the 360 Virtual Tour.
#SeePAArt #Conservation #conservationart #AshTree #pennsylvania

#ICYMI An initial team of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronauts has been selected, the Artemis...
12/11/2020

#ICYMI An initial team of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronauts has been selected, the Artemis Team, will help pave the way for the next lunar missions including sending the first woman and next man to walk on the lunar surface in 2024.

#Pennsylvania is playing a part. Astronaut Warren Hoburg, hometown Pittsburgh and graduate of North Allegheny High School, is part of the team. Congrats!
#NASA #ArtemisTeam NASA's Artemis Program

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-team/

Curiosity Kids, did you ever want to draw, but not know where to start? It is really easy… just draw a line! Come discov...
12/10/2020
Curiosity Kids 👉 Art-Line

Curiosity Kids, did you ever want to draw, but not know where to start? It is really easy… just draw a line! Come discover what a line is, the different types there are, and see if you can spot them in the "Art of the State" 2020 exhibition. #PACuriosityKids #SeePAArt #art #draw

Explore the "Art of the State" 2020 360 Virtual Tour and sign up for our upcoming Artists Conversations here -> statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

“Curiosity Kids, did you ever want to draw, but not know where to start? It is really easy… just draw a line! Come discover what a line is, the different typ...

Did you know that a Great Dane is featured with Pennsylvania's founder William Penn in a mural located in the Pennsylvan...
12/09/2020
Explore! ➡️ Great Dane

Did you know that a Great Dane is featured with Pennsylvania's founder William Penn in a mural located in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building? Find out more about this gentle giant and its selection as the official state dog of Pennsylvania. Join us as we continue to explore the state symbols of Pennsylvania on #PAExploreWednesday. #PAStateSymbols #GreatDane #statedog

Stop by statemuseumpa.org/pastatesymbols to explore all #Pennsylvania's official state symbols.

"Did you know that Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn’s own Great Dane is featured with him in a mural located in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building? ...

Usually the strongest meteor shower of the year, the Geminids Meteor Shower is great to view. The shower occurs from Dec...
12/08/2020

Usually the strongest meteor shower of the year, the Geminids Meteor Shower is great to view. The shower occurs from December 4 to 17 with its peak on December 13-14. It produces up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour. The shower is created by debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon burning up in Earth's atmosphere. The center, or radiant, of the shower is located just to the northwest of the constellation Gemini found directly above Orion. With a nearly new moon, skies will be dark providing great visibility. #PlanetariumPA #SkyObject #GeminidsMeteorShower

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/meteors-and-meteorites/geminids/in-depth/

How do artists address conservation issues in their art? Join us to explore the work Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards, who...
12/08/2020

How do artists address conservation issues in their art? Join us to explore the work Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards, who use different media to address the destruction of Pennsylvania’s ash trees by the emerald ash borer. Registration is required statemuseumpa.org/aos2020 #seepaart

Today we remember those that served and sacrificed at Pearl Harbor. One of the commonwealth’s direct links to the attack...
12/07/2020
Keystone Flagship: USS Pennsylvania Leading the Navy through Two World Wars - Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine

Today we remember those that served and sacrificed at Pearl Harbor.

One of the commonwealth’s direct links to the attack on Pearl Harbor is the USS Pennsylvania. The battleship, in dry dock at Pearl Harbor during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, returned fire against the attacking Japanese planes & bombers. The USS Pennsylvania escaped significant damage & returned to sea in the Pacific Theater. #PearlHarbor

“Air raid on Pearl Harbor. This is not drill.” The message went out from the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Its brevity belied the gravity of the event it reported. The White House released the information shortly before 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard ...

12/05/2020
Art of the State 2020 ➡️ Virtual Artists Conversation - Nov. 20, 2020

#ICYMI our Nov 20 Virtual Artists Conversations, enjoy the full recording of the conversation between Curator Amy Hammond and "Art of the State 2020" fiber artists Toni Kersey and Christine Webb.

Sign up for the December 18 Virtual Artists Conversations and explore the 360 Virtual Tour - http://statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/
#seepaart #fiberart #quilts

Join Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and Fiber Artists Toni Kersey and Christine Webb for a special conversation about their work in "Art of the State 2020."

Join Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and artists Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards Friday, December 18 at Noon, for a special...
12/04/2020

Join Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and artists Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards Friday, December 18 at Noon, for a special conversation about their work in "Art of the State" 2020.

This presentation will focus on the work of artists Brian Skalaski and Amy Edwards, who use very different media to address the destruction of Pennsylvania’s ash trees by the emerald ash borer. Since 2007, an infestation by this small, bright green beetle significantly reduced the number of ash trees in forests throughout Pennsylvania. The larva of this non-native insect feeds exclusively on these trees, killing them within three to five years. Skalaski will discuss “American Eden”, a hanging installation constructed from ash wood as a tribute to Pennsylvania’s forests. Edwards will explain the process and inspiration behind “Sage”, a fine art necklace that represents the destructive Emerald Ash Borer. While Skalaski and Edwards approach the theme from very different perspectives, both bring attention to the emerald ash borer’s destruction of forests across the state.

The program is free, but registration is required. Go to statemuseumpa.org/aos2020 to register and explore the 360 Virtual Tour.

#SeePAArt #Conservation #conservationart #AshTree #pennsylvania

Know someone who just loves rocks? Pennsylvania is home to igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Watch this short ...
12/03/2020
Explore! ➡️ PA Rocks

Know someone who just loves rocks? Pennsylvania is home to igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Watch this short video and explore rocks with us! #PARocks #ExplorePA #explore

Stop by statemuseumpa.org/explorepa/ for instructions on how to start your own rock collection!

Pennsylvania is home to igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. You can start a rock collection of some typical Pennsylvania rocks. Spend some time exp...

Pennsylvania has a long tradition of hunting. The #Pennsylvania long rifle revolutionized this way of life. Learn about ...
12/03/2020
Explore ➡️ Long Rifle

Pennsylvania has a long tradition of hunting. The #Pennsylvania long rifle revolutionized this way of life. Learn about its unique features and how it became our state firearm. #PAStateSymbols

Explore our state symbols -> statemuseumpa.org/pastatesymbols/

Pennsylvania has had a long tradition of hunting. The Pennsylvania long rifle revolutionized this way of life. Learn about its unique features and how it bec...

A hunter stalks the winter night sky! Arguable the most famous constellation, Orion the hunter's three belt stars Alnita...
12/01/2020

A hunter stalks the winter night sky! Arguable the most famous constellation, Orion the hunter's three belt stars Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka stand in a row. Bright, red supergiant Betelgeuse marks his shoulder with the contrasting blue supergiant star Rigel at his foot make Orion one of the easiest constellations to spot. Located just below the belt, and visible to the naked eye, is the Orion Nebula. This stellar nursery is a favorite for telescope viewing and astrophotographers. #PlanetariumPA #SkyObject #Orion

"The piece is a small inventory of a sculptor’s approaches to making forms, using space, and how weight is supported and...
12/01/2020

"The piece is a small inventory of a sculptor’s approaches to making forms, using space, and how weight is supported and stresses are embodied. The goal was to have disparate idioms sing together." -Theodore Prescott

#SeePAArt through our 360 virtual exhibit 👉statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

11/30/2020
Art of the State 2020 ➡️ Virtual Artists Conversation - Nov. 20, 2020

Did you miss our Nov 20 Virtual Artists Conversations? Enjoy the full recording of the conversation between Curator Amy Hammond and "Art of the State 2020" fiber artists Toni Kersey and Christine Webb here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIhgDrxTfGs

Sign up for the December 18 Virtual Artists Conversations and explore the 360 Virtual Tour - http://statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

#seepaart #fiberart #quilts

Join Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and Fiber Artists Toni Kersey and Christine Webb for a special conversation about their work in "Art of the State 2020."

We learn about history from written documents, hearing stories, visiting locations and even from looking inside of trees...
11/30/2020

We learn about history from written documents, hearing stories, visiting locations and even from looking inside of trees! Learn about dendrochronology, the science of dating tree rings, what the rings tell us about the past and then tell your “tree” story. #ExplorePA #trees #pennsylvania

For a printable version and more activities visit -> statemuseumpa.org/explorepa/

Sleep off that turkey before Monday, November 30, because you'll have to get up early to see a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. ...
11/27/2020

Sleep off that turkey before Monday, November 30, because you'll have to get up early to see a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow, known as the penumbra. The Moon will darken slightly but not completely, compared to a Total Lunar Eclipse which can cause the moon to look a deep, coppery red.

The eclipse will begin at 2:32AM EDT and last for 4 hours and 2 minutes. Eclipse maximum will be at 4:42AM EDT. This eclipse will be visible from most of North America. #PlanetariumPA #LunarEclipse

11/26/2020
Wild Turkey

Did you hear a strange sound? Native to North America, the eastern wild turkey is known for its unique appearance and loud rapid gurgling sound known as a “gobble”. Wild turkeys are found throughout Pennsylvania’s forests and sometimes these game birds even show up in our backyards. #Turkey #Turkeyfact #Thanksgiving #HappyThanksgiving

An adult #turkey has over 5,000 feathers on its body, including 18 large quill feathers on its tail, each equal in lengt...
11/25/2020

An adult #turkey has over 5,000 feathers on its body, including 18 large quill feathers on its tail, each equal in length, giving the tail fan an even, rounded appearance. But turkey tails aren’t only found on this game bird, Turkey Tail is also a bracket fungi, which causes a white rot of hardwood trees and logs, and is named for its resemblance to the turkey’s fanned tail. #notaturkey #fungi

Why do quilts come up on a search for "turkey" in our online collections database? In this case #turkey refers to the co...
11/25/2020

Why do quilts come up on a search for "turkey" in our online collections database? In this case #turkey refers to the color Turkey Red. This name refers to the country of Turkey and is used in reference to dyed or printed textiles.

Learn more about the color here -> http://www.gutenberg-e.org/lowengard/C_Chap36.html

Explore the quilts in our online database -> http://ow.ly/zbY550CtizZ

Male turkeys, or toms, have beards, but they are not like human beards. The turkey’s beard is comprised of bristles or m...
11/24/2020

Male turkeys, or toms, have beards, but they are not like human beards. The turkey’s beard is comprised of bristles or modified feathers known as mesofiloplumes. When the turkey eats acorns, nuts and insects from the ground, the beard becomes worn down, so they don’t need to shave! #Turkey 🦃#turkeyfact

A group of fish is called a school. A group of bees is called a swarm. What do you call a group of turkeys? Groups of tu...
11/24/2020

A group of fish is called a school. A group of bees is called a swarm. What do you call a group of turkeys? Groups of turkeys have been called a “crop”, “dole”, “gang”, “rafter”, “flock” and even a “posse”. #turkey 🦃 #turkeyfact #Thanksgiving

"I am a woodturner. With chainsaw and chaps, helmet and earplugs, I scavenge the forest floor and municipal organic wast...
11/23/2020

"I am a woodturner. With chainsaw and chaps, helmet and earplugs, I scavenge the forest floor and municipal organic waste dumps for pieces of wood. Using a woodturning lathe and sharp chisels, each piece of log is individually shaped and transformed into a physical representation of a question, a mood or a story. The process is physically challenging and dirty; it is not traditionally considered women’s work. This perceived incompatibility often presents an opportunity for me to initiate discussions about how art might inspire change, who gets to do it and how it should be valued." - Suzanne Bonsall Kahn #SeePAArt

Explore this piece and more through our virtual tour -> statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

Hey #PACuriosityKids! Do you want to #experiment with liquids? Watch this video to learn more then explore polarity, den...
11/21/2020
Curiosity Kids 👉 Liquids - YouTube

Hey #PACuriosityKids! Do you want to #experiment with liquids? Watch this video to learn more then explore polarity, density, and viscosity of liquids with our experiment -> http://ow.ly/q6qH50CcnYJ

Find more videos and activities for your early learners -> statemuseumpa.org/virtual-curiositykids/

Explore why some liquids mix together easily and some don’t mix at all. Try the experiment yourself.

Looking for a fun activity for the kiddos? By using Mia Rosenthal's work from Art of the State 2020 have them learn a li...
11/21/2020

Looking for a fun activity for the kiddos? By using Mia Rosenthal's work from Art of the State 2020 have them learn a little about pointillism and then try to do it themselves! Printable worksheet ->http://ow.ly/5bGM50C2DgQ #seepaart
#ExplorePA
See the Art of the State 2020 Virtual Exhibit here -> statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

Join us today at Noon for Virtual Artists Conversations! Register now! #SeePAArt #virtualprogram #freeRegister 👉 statemu...
11/20/2020

Join us today at Noon for Virtual Artists Conversations! Register now! #SeePAArt #virtualprogram #free

Register 👉 statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

11/19/2020
Curiosity Kids 👉 Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered how your Thanksgiving food is different from what the early settlers ate? Watch this video to find out more and discover the role #Pennsylvania has played in celebrating #Thanksgiving . #PACuriosityKids

Stop by statemuseumpa.org/virtual-curiositykids/ to try your hand at historic recipes and for more videos and activities.

Have you ever wondered if Pennsylvania played a part in our Thanksgiving traditions? Explore Thanksgiving with us!

Explore more Violet Oakley pieces from our collection in our online database -> http://ow.ly/fgwT50Cpsy0
11/19/2020

Explore more Violet Oakley pieces from our collection in our online database -> http://ow.ly/fgwT50Cpsy0

On Nov. 19, 1863, Pres. Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Years later, artist Violet Oakley sketched this study of Lincoln for her Senate Chamber Mural, "The Gettysburg Address 1863." The mural captures Lincoln speaking to the grieving crowd of mourners gathered around the podium. Learn more about this mural. #OnThisDay ➡️ https://phmc.info/35AgIyU

There is still time to sign up for our Friday, November 20 Virtual Artists Conversations with Curator Amy Hammond and fi...
11/18/2020

There is still time to sign up for our Friday, November 20 Virtual Artists Conversations with Curator Amy Hammond and fiber artists Toni Kersey and Christine Webb. This program is free, but registration is required. #SeePAArt #virtualprogram #free

Visit statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/ to register and explore the virtual tour of the exhibition.

"Over the course of the last decade air has served as a principle medium in much of my artwork…Air is a vital necessity ...
11/18/2020

"Over the course of the last decade air has served as a principle medium in much of my artwork…Air is a vital necessity while remaining nearly imperceptible." Sean Derry #SeePAArt

Explore this piece in a 360 video and the rest of the Art of the State exhibit through our online Virtual Tour -> statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

Turkeys lay eggs to reproduce. The hard outer shell of the egg helps to protect the turkey growing inside. What would ha...
11/17/2020

Turkeys lay eggs to reproduce. The hard outer shell of the egg helps to protect the turkey growing inside. What would happen to an egg if the hard shell was removed. Would it change? Let’s explore and #experiment!

#easternwildturkey #explorepennsylvania #exploreexperiments #turkey #eggs

For a printable version and more activities visit -> statemuseumpa.org/explorepa/

11/16/2020
Explore! ➡️ Wild Turkey

When you hear that distinctive gobble, gobble sound, you know that a turkey is nearby. Turkeys are found throughout Pennsylvania’s forests, and sometimes we even see them in our backyards. Watch and explore more about the eastern wild turkey in #Pennsylvania. #easternwildturkey #explorepennsylvania #turkey 🦃

https://youtu.be/9u7h9n4CIJM

When you hear that distinctive gobble, gobble sound, you know that a turkey is nearby. Turkeys are found throughout Pennsylvania’s forests, and sometimes we ...

Pennsylvania Trails of History
11/15/2020
Pennsylvania Trails of History

Pennsylvania Trails of History

#DidYouKnow? The Clovis spear point, the earliest style of fluted point in the New World, was used in the hunting of Pleistocene megafauna such as mammoth & mastodon more than 11,000 years ago. #Archaeology

"It is a hysterically funny painting it is so expressive the body language the gestures the facial expressions and the f...
11/14/2020

"It is a hysterically funny painting it is so expressive the body language the gestures the facial expressions and the formal elements the way the women sitting in the chair is entrapped by both Carl and the wallpaper" Awards Juror Susan E Cahan #SeePAArt

View the Art of the State 2020 360 Virtual Tour -> statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/

Join Curator Amy Hammond and fiber artists Toni Kersey and Christine Webb November 20 at Noon for a Virtual Artists Conv...
11/13/2020

Join Curator Amy Hammond and fiber artists Toni Kersey and Christine Webb November 20 at Noon for a Virtual Artists Conversations about their work in "Art of the State 2020." This program is free, but registration is required. #SeePAArt #virtualprogram #free

Visit statemuseumpa.org/aos2020/ to register and explore the virtual tour of the exhibition.

#pacuriositykids have you noticed it is getting darker earlier now? In the fall and winter, it gets dark early and we ne...
11/12/2020

#pacuriositykids have you noticed it is getting darker earlier now? In the fall and winter, it gets dark early and we need light to help us work and
play and sometimes just to decorate! Try this fun activity to light up your night.

Looking for other activities for your curious kid? Explore our virtual offerings and activity sheets 👉 http://statemuseumpa.org/virtual-curiositykids/

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